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Five Hundred Shows Later – NZIF 2023


A community full of classic improv characters come together for an epic celebration show. What could possibly go wrong?

Happening as part of the 2023 NZ Improv Festival in Wellington. Five Hundred Shows explores what happens when a small town of enthusiastic amateur dramatists build the most epic show that was ever built.

Where: The Stage, BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace Wellington
When: Friday October 6th, 8pm
Tickets: BATS Website or ticket office

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Spookytown – Halloween improv Jam 2023!

Halloween is when the restless spirits of the uneasy undead walk the streets of the Windy City, and therefore exactly the right time for a gently haunted improv jam.

Dress up as you like, or even disguise yourself as someone Perfectly Normal. There may well be prizes, and certainly there’ll be candy. The Jam will organinsed in a directed ‘games from the hat’ style, with suggestions used to inspire games and open scenes.

If you’d like to play you’re in! If you feel a bit shy, you’re the audience!! Doors open at 6.30pm for a group warm up, sitting down for the full jaminess from 7pm. It’s simple and fun, with plenty of friendly people to support you if you haven’t done improv in a while, or even much ever at all.

Of course, as this is a licensed venue if you’re under 18 bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25 (as so many of the undead do) be sure to bring your id.

Where: The PowWow Room, 74 Courtenay Place Wellington (upstairs from the Dakota Bar)
When: 31st October, 6.30/7pm
Cost: $5 Concession / $10 General, buy tickets online or at the door

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Directors Cut, 15 August 2023

This show has happened already!  

But, stay tuned for other WIT shows 

Classic comedy theatre without a script from the Wellington Improvisation Troupe.

The show will feature Directors competing with other Directors to direct a talented troupe of bold improvisors in a series of unique scenes.

Some directors will ask for audience suggestions, others will use ideas drawn from the very depths of their tortured souls. Either way, You will choose which tale is told to it’s very end.

NB that The Pow Wow Room is a licensed venue. This means that delicious beverages of various kinds will be available, BUT if you look youthful bring legal ID, and if you *are* an actual youth you must bring your legal grownups.

When: 7pm Tuesday August 15th 2023
Where:  The Powwow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Note that because it’s licensed premises if you’re not a grownup you’ll need to bring a parent, and if you are a grownup but look under 25 you’ll need to bring some ID.

Tickets:  cash-only doorsales or Buy Online Now $10 / $5 Concession

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A shiny new committee for WIT!

(including many bits of the old committee)

WIT held its 2023 AGM on July 4th the the Garage Studio at Te Auaha in Wellington, with some attending by zoom. If you had been there, you would have heard many fine people being thanked for helping WIT be WIT, and that our financial situation continues to be sound.

Most of the previous committee were nominated and willing to serve again (with Anrik standing down and Kitty standing up), so the Committee for 2023/24 is:

Co-ordinator – Shaila Mehta-Wilson
Secretary – Ali Little
Creative Directors – Paddy Plunket / Kitty Parker
Treasurer – Aristarkh Tikhonov

WIT – Draft Agenda for the 2023 AGM

Our AGM is scheduled to be held on the 19th of July. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only WIT members are eligible to vote or be elected to the committee. This year, after the change in our procedures voted on at last years AGM, active members not able to attend (if for example self isolating due to Covid) may be able to attend electronically, please email secretary@wit.org.nz for details.

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Draft Agenda
WELLINGTON IMPROVISATION TROUPE 20th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

Date: 4 July 2023
Time: 6-7pm
Venue: Level 5 Studio 3/4, Te Auaha, 65 Dixon St, Wellington
Quorum: 15 members

Chair: Shaila Mehta-Wilson, Coordinator

Secretariat: Paddy Plunket, Secretary

  1. Welcome and acknowledgements
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM (held July 2022)
  4. Coordinator’s Report (Shaila Mehta-Wilson)
  5. Co-creative Director Report (Anrik Drenth, Ali Little)
  6. Annual Report – Treasurer (Aristarkh Tikhonov)
  7. Committee Elections
  8. General Business
Micetro winner surrounded by admirers

Micetro IS BACK, Tuesday July 18th 2023

This show has happened, and it was delightful … check for more shows happening soon

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.  The magnificent  Lorraine was once crowned the Greatest WIT in Wellington.  This time . . . well, there will be challengers.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  There’ll be songs!  Drama!  Pathos, bathos probably a bit of logos!    A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

When: 7pm Tuesday July 18th

Where:  The Powwow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Note that because it’s licensed premises if you’re not a grownup you’ll need to bring a parent, and if you are a grownup but look under 25 you’ll need to bring some ID.

Tickets:  cash-only doorsales or Buy Online Now $10 / $5 Concession

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Auckland Improv Fest 2023 – Attack of the Killer B-Movie

WIT was scheduled to take Attack of the Killer B-Movie to Auckland back in 2020.  April 2020 – so that didn’t happen then.  But it’s happening April 2023 – we are VERY EXCITED.  There are plans for a Wellington relauch of the classic genre game too.  YAY!!

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Review of WIT’s Attack of the Killer B-Movie! During the 2016 Fringe

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you an improvised show following the classic elements of B-Movies. Join our unsuspecting cast, as a series of unfortunate events lead them to a horrifying discovery… who will survive? Who will find love? And why is the phone always dead when you need to call for help?!

The story will be shaped by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – see what we create for you!

Covert Theatre, 51 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Sunday 16 April 2023 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets are on Eventfinder 

Visit our Facebook Event Page for the latest details, show photos, cast gossip and the rest.

DETAILS of all things Fest on the Auckland Improv Festival Website

cast and crew

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The Ferris Wheel – Christmas 2022

THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED!!  
There’ll be more shows on soon

A SHOW THEN A JAM!!!  WIT SHALL BE MERRRY!!!

“Delightful energy, alertness and vulnerability . . . fresh and invigorating” – Theatreview

Set on the classic fairground ride this unique show will star a rotating cast (ha!), weaving stories from the lives of characters spun together.  The Ferris Wheel format was created by Wade Jackson for Auckland’s Improv Bandits, and WIT has loved it with permission for years.

Our Jam will be a selection of ol favourite games from the year with suggestions drawn from a hat: take part or watch the fun, both are good options.

WIT is Wellington’s community based improv troupe, its players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience.

When:  7pm Tuesday 12 December 2022
Where: The Pow Wow Room, 74 Courtney Place Wellington.  This is a licensed venue, so bring ID if you look youthful, or a parent or guardian if you actually are youthful.
Schedule (approximately):  Ferris Wheel from 7pm to 7.40pm, break for snacks then an improv jam to finish the year from 8-8.30pm

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page

A shiny new committee for WIT!

(including many bits of the old committee)

WIT held it’s 2022 AGM on July 19th. For the first time the option was available for members to attend via Zoom. Despite a few technical difficulties this option worked well, and ensured a quorum was met.

There was a not unexpected small loss last year due to the low number of shows, Wit’s financial situation continues to be sound.

Several members of the previous committee were available to stand again, with Thibault and Hayley stepping back, Ali returning to the role of co-creative director, and Paddy joining as Secretary. Therefore, the Committee for 2022/23 is:

Co-ordinator – Shaila Mehta-Wilson
Secretary – Paddy Plunket
Creative Directors – Anrik Drenth /Ali Little
Treasurer – Aristarkh Tikhonov


row of people, with text of AGM, Annual General Meeting, July 19th 6pm Te Auaha

WIT – Draft Agenda for the 2022 AGM

Our AGM is scheduled to be held on the 19th of July. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only WIT members are eligible to vote or be elected to the committee. This year, after the change in our procedures voted on at last years AGM, active members not able to attend (if for example self isolating due to Covid) may be able to attend electronically, please email secretary@wit.org.nz for details.

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Draft Agenda
WELLINGTON IMPROVISATION TROUPE 20th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

Date: 19 July 2022
Time: 6-7pm
Venue: Level 5 Studio 3/4, Te Auaha, 65 Dixon St, Wellington
Quorum: 15 members

Chair: Shaila Mehta-Wilson, Coordinator

Secretariat: Ali Little, Secretary

  1. Welcome and acknowledgements
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM (held July 2021)
  4. Coordinator’s Report (Shaila Mehta-Wilson)
  5. Co-creative Director Report (Anrik Drenth, Hayley Cherryblossom)
  6. Annual Report – Treasurer (Aristarkh Tikhonov)
  7. Committee Elections
  8. General Business